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Re: Flaking the Main Sail
The OP does not say whether his mainsail has slugs or not. If it does have slugs, it should be pretty easy to flake single-hand as long as you don't have lazy jacks. What I do, is what several others have mentioned. When I lower my mainsail I am careful to be at the mast and pull the luff down so that the folds between the slugs alternate sides. Once the sail is fully dropped, I flake it working up the leech from the clew folding the sail into flakes that coordinate with the folds at the mast. I can whip through that in a couple minutes: all flaked and tied on the boom.
I typically will pull the traveller up against the stops to one side, so I can tightrope up my coamings and onto the cabin top as I flake the sail. Its way easier than it sounds.
If you don't have slugs then you need a Halpern Mk II Single-Handed Mainsail Roller.
What's that you say? Its a piece of 1 1/2" dia. pvc tubing that is longer than the foot of the sail. It has two loops of shock chord that are thread through holes and wrapped around the tube and tied. The holes are at roughly 16" from one end and the other at 2' or so from that same end. The Mk II version also requires a 3' long- 1/2" dia. dowel or piece of pvc tubing....
The way you use the Halpern Mk II Single-Handed Mainsail Roller is that you have a loop of line or a sail tie at the tack and another loop of line or sail tie at the clew. You throw the mainsail onto one side of the boat and you hang the Halpern Mk II Single-Handed Mainsail Roller below the boom from these loops on the other side of the boat. You have a small loop of light line on the headboard of the sail and you pass the dowel through the first loop of shock shockcord, then through the small loop of line on the headbpard and then through the second loop of shockcord, leaving the end of the dowel hanging out past the end of the pvc tube.
Now you start rolling the sail onto the tube, reasonably tightly working from the leech of the sail so you can pull it out straight. When the sail is all rolled up, you simply remove the dowel out the end of the rolled up sail releasing the headboard, and hang the sail from the sail tie looped around the boom. Then hang the aft end of the sail on the boom and extract the pvc tube from inside the sail and finish tying the sail onto the boom. Stow the Halpern Mk II Single-Handed Mainsail Roller down below and WooooHooo! You are done.....
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